Crozer-Keystone Residency Programs Again Have Successful 'Match Day'
- Crozer-Keystone offers seven fully accredited residency programs.
- Students and other qualified applicants applied for spots in Crozer-Keystone’s programs via the electronic residency application service (ERAS) and were recently matched during an official Match Day through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
- All programs were able to fill their available spots. The directors of the programs are pleased with the quality of the residents who are joining the programs.
Crozer-Keystone offers seven challenging, fully accredited residency programs. Recent medical school graduates and other qualified applicants applied for spots in Crozer-Keystone’s programs via the electronic residency application service (ERAS) and were recently matched during an official Match Day through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
Crozer-Keystone residency programs include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship, Pediatrics, Podiatric Medicine and Transitional Year. The “match” process begins months earlier through residency fairs and an application process orchestrated by ERAS. Residency programs interview applicants and then rank them. Similarly, interviewing students rank programs in the order they prefer. Computers then process students’ and programs’ lists simultaneously. Medical students are assigned to their highest-ranking choice that also expressed interest in them.
Each spring, fourth-year medical students and residency programs across the country create a wish list, and then wait to be matched through the NRMP. The official Match Day is held in March. This is the day that residents find out where they will spend their residencies.
“Most teaching hospitals pursue three related enterprises: teaching medical students and resident physicians, conducting research both basic science and clinical investigation, and delivering healthcare services through a network that may include one or more hospitals, satellite clinics, and physician office practices. This results in a health system that encourages the highest standards of quality and provides access to the most up-to-date treatments. It also fosters an environment where many people are always thinking about the patient’s condition, leading to more thorough patient care,” says Guy Hewlett, M.D., FACOG, director of Medical Education for the Crozer-Keystone Health System.
“We are delighted that all of the Crozer-Keystone programs filled in the match this year and with another year of competitive applications. We welcome a diverse group of trainees from a wide range of United States and international medical schools,” Hewlett says. “Additionally, the OB/GYN program recently welcomed David K. Hadley, M.D. as the new residency director.”
The Obstetrics and Gynecology program director is supported in meeting the educational mission of the residency by four assistant program directors, the subspecialty OB/GYN staff covering all major OB/GYN subspecialties, the general OB/GYN physicians in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and faculty members from several other clinical departments.
“This is my first year as program director, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Match process,” Hadley says. “We tried to balance the applicants’ demonstrated academic achievement with the individual impression, as perceived by a team of interviewers, to choose the right candidates. We feel strongly about the importance of the interview and match process because we commit four years of training to each successful applicant. Despite the rigor of the process, it still feels like an arranged marriage. We won’t know how successful we were in the match until after a full year of training. I hope that our residents learn how to be both excellent physicians and capable teachers. I expect all my residents to be able to practice OB/GYN with skill and compassion, and hope that they strive to pass on the knowledge they acquire to the next generation of OB/GYN physicians,” says Hadley.
The Family Medicine Residency Program offers advanced training in sports medicine, medical informatics, obstetrics, women’s health, geriatrics and faculty development. “This has been another great year for matches. Not only is the quality of studentsimproving nationally, but the quantity is also,” says William Warning, M.D., director of the Family Medicine Residency Program.
“We were not only able to fill all of our matches this year, but add two additional slots for residents because of an expansion grant,” Warning says. “For many years, we saw a decline in family medicine residents and for the past two years, we had an abundance of applicants. This is a very competitive area for medical students and they have a lot of choices; so it is exciting to see the growth in the Family Medicine Program. Additionally, we offer a diverse education, allowing our graduates to hit the ground running. The program has also received ‘medical home’ recognition, providing residents with relative and trending education that will benefit patients and their families.”
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year program that accepts eight residents per training year. The program combines strong clinical with didactic components, offering residents a well-rounded training experience.
“All of the new residents have excellent qualifications and extremely high board scores. They also come from highly qualified medical programs. We are looking forward to having another group of enthusiastic and energetic residents,” says Ashish Rana, M.D., director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
“Pediatrics was a popular choice for graduating medical students across the country this year. We had 1,150 applications for the six available positions in our program and scheduled 138 interviews. We were very pleased with our match results. I look forward to having the new residents join our group. Our program is smaller than most pediatric residencies, which allows for the development of close relationships among residents and faculty. Our residents receive a lot of individual attention and mentoring, which is one of our program’s biggest strengths,” says Kelly Bradley-Dodds, M.D., program director for the Pediatric Residency Program.
Bradley-Dodds explains that applicants are attracted to the program’s strong community service component and curriculum, which offers a balanced experience in high-acuity tertiary subspecialty care and primary care/community pediatrics. She believes that regardless of their ultimate career paths, all residents are best served by a strong foundation in general pediatrics.
“My goal is that they will leave our program as confident, hands-on pediatric providers with the capability to manage the full spectrum of pediatric healthcare. Feedback from this year’s survey of fellowship program directors who hired recent graduates for advanced subspecialty training rated our graduates as “outstanding” in the following areas: overall patient care; clinical judgment; ability to receive and integrate feedback; teamwork; ability to develop positive relationships with staff and colleagues; commitment to ethical principles; and overall professionalism,” Bradley-Dodds says. “Three components are an integral to success in the program: an expectation of high standards, a supportive and nurturing environment, and faculty role modeling. Through my involvement in the National Association of Pediatric Program Directors, I have come to believe that we at Crozer have the most dedicated, engaged, and inspiring faculty of any pediatric program in the country. It is the secret to our success and also makes it a lot of fun to work here!”
James McHugh, D.O., is director of Osteopathic Medical Education for CKHS and program director for the CKHS Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship. The internship is based at DCMH, and the interns rotate at DCMH, Springfield Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
“This is unique within the CKHS post-doctoral programs, and the D.O. interns truly receive a ‘systemic’ experience. For example, the D.O. interns rotate in family medicine (interfacing with the CKHS family medicine residents and faculty), radiation oncology, general surgery and emergency medicine at DCMH; internal medicine and general surgery at Springfield; and internal medicine, pediatrics and trauma surgery at Crozer,” McHugh says.
McHugh filled 16 intern positions (first post-doctoral year) for the academic year 2011-2012. “It is most rewarding to teach and guide these newly minted physicians toward their career goals, while at the same time challenging them as to their career choice. Several interns change their minds each year during the course of their internship,” McHugh says. “Additionally, we provide ample elective and research time, resulting in the opportunity to have medical articles accepted and published in local and national medical journals. In the 2009-2010 academic year, we had three residents published in a national medical journal and one resident published in a state-wide medical publication. We like to give a full experience.”
The Podiatric Residency Program is overseen by William Urbas, D.P.M. It is one of the few 36-month podiatric residency programs in the United States.
“We are very proud of our comprehensive, diversified program,” Urbas says. “Additionally, we were able to fill all four spots again this year with our top choices. We have an impressive program here at Crozer. With a large hospital and multiple podiatric attendings, students receive a diversity of training that helps shape them as physicians and surgeons in the future.”
Crozer’s Transitional First-Year Residency program provides a well-rounded clinical and educational experience for new doctors embarking on their postdoctoral training. Each year, a class of 14 residents enters the program. They experience a broad-based curriculum that is flexible enough to meet the needs of residents with a variety of future career choices.
“We matched our 14 transitional residents from both local schools such as Temple, Drexel, Penn and Jefferson, and out-of-town universities such as UMDNJ, NYU and University of Michigan. I enjoy working with a diverse group of residents and I am excited that once again, we have received well-rounded, highly competitive students,” says Dina Capalongo, D.O., chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and program director of the Transitional First-Year Residency Program.
Capalongo emphasizes that hundreds of applications are reviewed, and each person brought in for the interview process is hand-selected because of his/her application, education, and what he/she can bring to the program.
“Many hours go into screening applications. We would have been pleased to have matched from any who were chosen to come in for an interview. The 14 incoming students this year are all extremely qualified. They are going into residencies post-transitional year that include ophthalmology, radiology, dermatology and radiation oncology,” Capalongo says. “Our residency is highly regarded in the Philadelphia area. We have a reputation of providing a superb foundation of medical skills and knowledge to our interns. We accomplish this by providing education and experiences in many departments of the hospital, which creates a rigorous well-rounded training program.”
Hewlett says, “It is impossible to overstate the importance of finding a good match between candidate and program. The years spent in residency define the careers of most physicians and the friendships and bonds formed during this time often result in lifelong relationships. From the program’s perspective, it is of utmost importance to match candidates who are committed to excellence and who are willing to embrace our institutional values.”
After successfully completing a residency, many physicians continue into a fellowship program for additional training in a sub-specialty field.
A fellowship is the period of medical training that a physician may undertake after completing a residency. During this time (usually more than one year), the physician is known as a fellow. Fellowship programs offer additional skills and knowledge in a sub-specialty field. Crozer-Keystone offers three fellowship programs: Primary Care Sports Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Vascular Surgery. [These programs and their most recent “matches” will be featured in next month’s issue of Journal.]
Residency and fellowship programs are committed to developing highly skilled physicians who master the science of their specialty, the practice of top-quality patient care and the art of teaching new generations of doctors. Residents receive rigorous academic experience and hands-on clinical and research opportunities, which fully prepare them to achieve their career goals.
For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s residency and fellowship programs, visit the Crozer-Keystone website at http://www.residency.crozer.org.